Although somewhat labour intensive, this fruit Christmas tree is a real show stopper. During the holiday season, when we eat so many sweets, this makes a refreshing change. It also guarantees your children will eat fruit. If your kids are a little older, they can help to create this masterpiece.
Preparation Time: 90-120 minutes
Makes: 1 tree
Styrofoam cone (available from art & craft shops). If you are unable to find a cone, you can create one from a styrofoam box by cutting out 3 triangles then joining them together with glue. Aluminium Foil
Fruit such as grapes, strawberries, kiwi fruit, rock melon, honeydew melon, water melon, blueberries.
Star shaped cookie cutter
Cover styrofoam cone and a plate with aluminium foil.
Wash fruit and remove stems and leaves from strawberries.
Cut slice from the rockmelon. Using star shaped cookie cutters cut a star for the top of the tree.
If you wish, you can also cut out a variety of shapes from the flesh of melons for decorating the rest of the tree.
Peel and cut remainder of fruit into large cubes.
Place the styrofoam cone on a plate and insert toothpicks into the cone, and then stick pieces of fruit onto the toothpicks. You can stick 2 pieces of fruit on one toothpick.
Continue working around the cone, placing fruit on the tree, using grapes or blueberries to fill small spaces between the larger fruit pieces.
Place a toothpick vertically in the top of the cone and place a melon star at the top of the tree.